Discover Harry’s First Years at Hogwarts at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
As Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone taught us, an 11th birthday is a supremely magical occasion in the wizarding world. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is making a point to carry on this tradition by celebrating its 11th year running with a special summer feature appropriately named Discovering Hogwarts.
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As previously reported, Discovering Hogwarts invites guests to travel back in time to experience some of Harry’s first moments at Hogwarts as cast members would have seen them on the set of the first film. For example, fans will be able to take in the Great Hall in all its glory, adorned with over 400 floating candles hung with an excess of three miles of wire.
Guests will also have the opportunity to practice their wand skills and spell pronunciation with a trip to Professor Flitwick’s Charms classroom. The new set perfectly encapsulates the scene where young wizards endeavor to master the Levitation Charm, Wingardium Leviosa, as well as reveals the practical methods used by special effects supervisor John Richardson to make objects fly. And yes, there will be time to practice the classic swish-and-flick wand motion essential to the charm.
As Harry said in the second film, “There’s no Hogwarts without you, Hagrid.” Discovering Hogwarts agrees with this sentiment and as such will provide a live demonstration to show visitors the movie magic used to raise Robbie Coltrane to the towering stature of the beloved character. We can hint that the process has less to do with giant’s blood and more to do with rugby player Martin Bayfield, who casts quite a shadow as just two inches shy of seven feet tall.
Other interactive experiences are included in the feature. Visitors of all ages are certain to enjoy creating an origami Sorting Ceremony chatterbox to take home. A new photo opportunity depicting Harry’s journey across the Black Lake in his first year will also be available to those wishing to preserve the memory.
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Discovering Hogwarts will take place between May 2 and September 4 of this year. The extra features are included in the Studio Tour ticket price, which must be purchased in advance.